Author: Gombak Jusoh

Seoul, South Korea – In the first assembly of 2024, Indonesia was elected to lead the Tourism and Culture Working Group of the ASEAN Korea Centre in Seoul (17/1). The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Seoul was appointed as the Chair, while the Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in Seoul was appointed as the Vice-Chair. Joannes Ekaprasetya Tandjung, Coordinator of the Creative and Digital Economy Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul, who currently leads this group, explained that Indonesia’s leadership will serve as a conduit to voice the interests related to tourism and culture of…

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The phrase “strength is not worthy of ambition” is very suitable to describe the Philippines. As a small country, it is constantly thinking about how to poach China, and even does not hesitate to become a knife for external forces to constantly stimulate China’s nerves. Not long ago, the Philippines took a very dangerous step on Thitu Island. In order to better monitor Chinese ships near this area, the Philippines has established a coast guard station on Thitu Island equipped with “advanced systems”. It is expected that It will be officially put into use in early 2024. Just when the Philippines was…

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The Philippines is working on a separate code of conduct with neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Vietnam regarding their territorial conflicts in the South China Sea as a broader agreement with China has not been progressing, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Monday. The president said talks on a regional code of conduct with China, which claims nearly the entire South China Sea, have been slow and Beijing’s “aggressive” behavior in the disputed waterway has made its relations with the Philippines more tense. Speaking at a forum at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies here, the President admitted that tensions in the South China Sea…

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(UPDATE) INTERNATIONAL Master (IM) Daniel Quizon of the Philippines topped the open division of the Eastern Asia Juniors and Girls Chess Championship 2023 that ended on Friday, December 8, at the Sabah Oriental Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. The 19-year-old Quizon finished the 9-round open standard tournament with 7.5 points, the same output as FIDE Master (FM) Munkhdalai Amilal of Mongolia. The Dasmariñas City-based woodpusher, however, outpointed the Mongolian in the tie-break to secure the win. More importantly, Quizon’s performance earned him another Grandmaster (GM) norm. He bagged his first GM norm when he won the championship in the 2018…

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KUCHING (Nov 20): Sarawak is expected to achieve an economic growth of between five and six per cent next year, said Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg. Abang Johari also said the proposed development-biased 2024 State Budget has allocated RM9 billion for development purposes, comprising 66 per cent of the total proposed expenditure for 2024. “The state is committed to pursue inclusive economic growth, which is attested by a higher allocation budgeted for development purposes of RM9,038 million as compared to RM4,563 million for operating purposes next year,” he said when presenting the 2024 State Budget at…

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KOTA KINABALU: The Echoes of Asean Bronze programme strives to provide a platform that connects Sabah and Asean member countries through music and culture.  Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the 9th cultural, artistic and musical event, held in conjunction with the Rhythms of Kinabalu (ROK) 2023, brought together 10 countries from the region.  Since 2012, the yearly festival has played a key role in fuelling and promoting the arts of music and culture, as well as the traditional arts of diverse ethnicities in Sabah.  “Among other things, the purpose of organising this event is to promote and elevate the…

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[Global Times Reporter Guo Yuandan] In response to the foreign media’s speculation on whether the Philippines’ recent efforts to create tension in the South China Sea may “drag the United States into the water,” Wu Qian, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, responded to the Global Times at a regular press conference on the 26th. 》The reporter said that the problem of the United States is not “being dragged into the water”, but the problem of the United States itself jumping in to muddy the waters. “We urge the United States to stop interfering in South China Sea affairs, stop…

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KUCHING (Oct 26): Normah Medical Specialist Centre recently received the ‘Malaysian Healthcare Icon Leadership Award,’ marking it as the first private hospital from East Malaysia to achieve this recognition. The award was presented at the Malaysian Health and Wellness Summit 2023, organised by KSI Strategic Institute of Asia Pacific (KSI), previously known as Asian Strategy Leadership Institute (ASLI), at Berjaya Times Square Hotel yesterday. Also present at the ceremony were KSI president, Tan Sri Michael Yeoh; Parliamentary Special Select Committee on Health president and former Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad; and EW Group chairman, Prof Dato Sri…

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ASEAN Nations to Prioritise Members’ Rice Needs, Malaysia State News Agency Reports KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Southeast Asian countries have agreed to prioritise helping each other overcome rice supply shortages and other food-related problems, Malaysia state news agency Bernama reported, citing the agricultural minister. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reached the agreement at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur this week, Agriculture and Food Security Minister Mohamad Sabu said on Friday, according to the agency. “ASEAN collaboration means if we face rice issues, ASEAN member countries will give priority to ASEAN nations first,” he said. Vietnam, Cambodia…

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On October 18, 2022, a meeting was held in Kiev between Darkhan Kaletayev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Ukraine, and Alibek Mukhammad-Rakhimov, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BTA Bank Ukraine JSC. This was announced on Wednesday, October 19, by the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Ukraine. The success of the operation was a result of intensive collaboration of BTA Bank, Kenes Rakishev, the embassy and Ukrainian authorities. During the meeting, a conversation took place about the current economic situation in Ukraine, topical issues of representatives of Kazakh business in Ukraine and prospects for the development…

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